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SCVTHS seniors at the SkillsUSA National Signing Day event sponsored  by Klein tools

(back l-r): SCVTHS Electrical Construction Instructor Mike McClain, SCVTHS students Jacob DuMont of Branchburg, Jeremy Salvato of Branchburg, Rich Baginski of Branchburg, Al Villaverde of Princeton, Brenden Ryan of Bridgewater, Ishmael Murillo of Bound Brook, Axel Segura of Bound Brook, SCVTHS Cooperative Education Coordinator Tom Heinbach, SCVTHS student Kenny Hecht of Raritan, and SCVTHS Plumbing Instructor Bob Setlock.
(front l-r): SCVTHS Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Mario Peluso, SCVTHS students Hunter Horton of Neshanic Station, Brad Livecchi of Bridgewater, Matt Gentile of Gillette, Osvin Osorio of Raritan, Kenton Asea of Martinsville, Gino Florio of Stirling, Justin Mollo of Washington, and SCVTHS Principal Diane Ziegler during the National Signing Day activities.


In order to help close the skills gap and raise awareness of career options in the skilled trades, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) participated in SkillsUSA National Signing Day sponsored by Klein Tools. The event celebrated thousands of high school seniors across the country pursuing a career in the skilled trades. SCVTHS was one of approximately 300 schools across the U.S. participating in National Signing Day, which recognized over 2,500 students nationwide.

“We are thrilled we were able to partner with SkillsUSA and Klein Tools for the first-ever National Signing Day,” said Tom Heinbach, Cooperative Education Coordinator of SCVTHS. “As the shortage of skilled workers worsens, we at SCVTHS encourage students to enter this rewarding industry upon graduation. Our seniors should be very proud of everything they have accomplished at SCVTHS, as they continue to further their education and training post-graduation. We wish them all the best as they prepare for their lifelong careers.”

In a style similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, fifteen seniors at SCVTHS were recognized as they signed their “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. Students were celebrated among school administrators, teachers, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends, as they take the next step in their education in residential wiring, building trades and renovations, HVAC or plumbing. High school seniors also received a Klein Tools Signing Kit, which included a hat, t-shirt, and their first pair of Klein Tools pliers to begin their lifelong careers.

“This was an exciting day for our students as they committed to careers in the skilled trades,” says Mike McClain, SkillsUSA advisor at SCVTHS. “These seniors have worked hard over the years to prepare for this next chapter of their life. Through their education at SCVTHS, our seniors understand the hard work needed to be successful in the trades. This recognition is very well deserved for each and every one of them.”

“The first National Signing Day was a success thanks to SCVTHS and its students,” says Mark Klein, co-president of Klein Tools. “Best of luck to these students as they enter the skilled trades to start their careers with their first pair of Klein Tools pliers.”

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Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School is a nationally recognized, fully accredited, four-year high school located on an eighty-acre campus at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Serving all of Somerset County, SCVTHS accepts students on a full or shared-time basis for challenging programs that combine training in occupational and academic skills. Along with the Career and Technical Education offerings, students are provided with the opportunity to take a variety of rigorous college preparatory academic courses. SCVTHS has been providing quality education and technical skills training to Somerset County for over fifty years.


About Klein Tools

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the No. 1 choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools, Inc. For more information, visit


About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens as it improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. SkillsUSA helps every student excel through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors per year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. Local, state and national championships are designed and judged by industry to set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of an employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor. SkillsUSA offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials Program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students. For more information:

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